August 14, 2010

Challenges Galore

A while ago, I posted an overview of Challenge Caches, and listed some of  the old standbys like the USGS Quadrangle Challenges, DeLorme Challenges, County Challenges, and the Fizzy Challenge. These were, and still are, the hallmarks of Challenge Caches, which may be one reason they continue to be so popular and enduring.

Recently, however, I've started noticing new types of Challenge Caches emerging that are more geographically confined than those listed above, and some that even incorporate pop culture elements into them. 

For example, the Fifty Parks Challenge (posted 8/3/10) requires the cacher to find fifty caches in fifty parks or regional trails administered by the East Bay Regional Park District (EBRPD). And the Las Trampas Challenge (posted 6/22/10) asks each cacher to find and log all the caches within the boundaries of Las Trampas Regional Park, which is just one park in the EBRPD system. Las Trampas contained a total of 79 caches when this challenge was posted, but that number appears to be growing daily.

The nice part about these challenge caches having all of the hides in the same regional area is that they can generally be completed in a day or two, and don't require putting thousands of miles on your vehicle.

One of my favorite, recent Challenge Caches posted in our area is the Bushwood Country Club Challenge, which combines caching and Caddyshack into one geocaching extravaganza. I'm happy to report that I have now completed all 18 holes, and have the coordinates for the final, Caddyshack cache. That's me, tied for 9th place with my buddy Rohrerboy on the leaderboard:

Following closely on the heels of the Bushwood Challenge is the Kingpin Challenge that just went live. Instead of visiting local golf courses to find caches, however, you are required to search ten east bay bowling alleys to complete the challenge.

Not to be outdone, I can report, without giving away too much information, that a new challenge cache is already in the works in the greater east bay area. That's all I can say for now, but stay tuned for more info. after publication.

So be sure to check out the challenge caches in your area. They may seem a little intimidating at first; but once you get into them, I guarantee you'll be hooked.

Cache On! 

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